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Healthy Eating in Ramadan for Detox

Ramadan DetoxAs salaam alaikum peeps – it’s almost Ramadan again! Is it just me or is this like one of the best times of the year?

So I know we all start getting ready to have our spiritual game on – but somehow we tend to overlook the physical benefits that fasting has on our system… Like boosting our metabolism, clearing toxins, improving our sensitivity to insulin and decreasing our blood pressure and so much more

The problem is not a lot of us actually get our body into detoxification. You see just because we are fasting doesn’t automatically mean that we are detoxing … 

In fact, if you gain weight during Ramadan – as most of us tend to do – then you’re body isn’t really detoxing like it should be. So what are you doing wrong you might be wondering…

While I’d love to answer this for you in this post, I think it would take me many many pages to really give you the info you’re looking for – and more importantly you might just fall asleep while you’re trying to read it all.

So instead Ayesha (my sister and business partner – also a nutritionist) and I have put together a FREE webinar on:

Healthy Eating in Ramadan

And you’re invited to attend at your own convenience!

If you’re interested all you have to do is sign up (on the right) and I’ll send you the link for the session! Oh and in case you’re wondering, this one-hour Seminar covers healthy eating during Ramadan including how to make healthy choices for suhur and iftaar that will help you start detoxing your system!

Ayesha and I really hope you enjoy the session – do let us know what you think and leave us a comment below with any questions you might have.

RAMADAN KAREEM!!

Got Detox Symptoms? It’s Working :)

Detox SymptomsCan you believe it’s already been a week since Ramadan started? That’s 1/4 way through the month! And for those of you who are joining me, 1/4 way through our Ramadan Detox – which so far has been pretty good…

Well that is of course with the exception of those darned Herxheimer reaction symptoms, and I mean not just the headache and fatigue type symptoms (which are expected when you’re not eating anything all day) but the stomach bug type of symptoms if you know what I mean 😉

To be honest I was a bit caught by surprise to have detox symptoms since I believe I eat fairly healthy throughout the year but then it also made me feel like “YAY, my body is doing some much needed house cleaning”…

Common Detox Symptoms

Now if you’re new to detoxing and have been feeling not so great this past week but didn’t really put 2 and 2 together, some common detox symptoms you may have experienced include headaches, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, intestinal disturbances (gas, bloating, cramping), flu-like symptoms (congestion, runny nose), fatigue, body aches and pains. In fact it’s not uncommon to experience psychological and emotional upset, for instance mood swings, intense emotions, strong cravings for foods and strange dreams either.

The severity of your detox symptoms really depends on how many toxins you have built up in your body. In fact those that need to detox the most usually experience the most symptoms, so hang in there if you feel like you’ve just been hit by a bus, remember this is normal…

And while these symptoms often get worse before they get better – this usually happens around day 3-4 of the detox – so since we’re already on day 7, the good news is that the WORST IS OVER!

In fact your symptoms should be beginning to subside right about now… And aren’t you glad I didn’t tell you you’d feel miserable until just now – in this case I think ignorance is bliss – YOUR WELCOME :)

That being said, in case you do have some lingering symptoms like I still do, remember the most important thing you can do is to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and resting as much as you can so that your body can focus on the work of detoxing that it’s so busy doing.

Keep in Mind

Now although we aren’t doing a super intense liquid detox or anything, it is always important to keep in mind…

• If you feel your symptoms are too strong, if your symptoms show no signs of improvement or if you are unable to work because you feel sick, dizzy or faint, it could be that the detox is too much for you too soon. You may need to add more nutrients to your cleanse in order to slow down the detox process and allow your body more time to adjust. Again make sure to drink lots of water to help eliminate the toxins from your body. If you ever feel like you require medical attention, please call your doctor ASAP!

• If you are constipated, it may be wise to slow down your detox a bit as well. That’s because during detox, your organs are releasing toxins which are circulating in your bloodstream before being eliminated into your stool and if you’re constipated then these toxins have no where to go. In order to make sure you stay regular, I highly recommend that you have at least 1 tbsp. of flax daily – just mix it into your yogurt and enjoy. Exercise is also important as it helps your lymphatic system expel toxins, hence my recommendation for the detox yoga practice that I hope you’ve been doing.

NOTE: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not recommended that you undertake a detox at this time.

Now I must say that as much as detoxing has become some what of a craze and the “trendy” thing to do, it really isn’t EASY or, thanks to those good old detox symptoms, the most PLEASANT thing either! It definitely requires mental focus, so kudos to everyone who’s trying to eat as clean as possible this month and DOUBLE KUDOS to everyone who’s following a detox for purely personal reasons – KEEP IT UP because it will pay off!!

HAPPY DETOXING EVERYONE!

*If you’re brave enough, it’s not too late to join my FREE Detox Program, simply subscribe to my mailing list and I’ll send you weekly updates!

Ramadan Detox Diet

Ramadan Detox Diet - ramadan_kareem_This last year has been quite hectic for me what with travel, business and family commitments and I can definitely feel the toll it’s taken on my overall well-being so I’m really looking forward to getting a good detox in this Ramadan. In fact ideally I’d like to lose the few pounds that have found a comfortable home on my waistline no doubt due to a few too many meals on the go, nights that took too long to end, early mornings that needed a coffee jolt and of course that wicked sweet tooth of mine…

And I’m guessing I’m not alone in this department, which is why I thought I’d share my Ramadan Detox Diet with you guys :)

Now considering Ramadan starts tomorrow, we’d best get cracking… coz if you’re anything like me you are just about to make a mad dash for the supermarket right about now!

Ramadan Detox DietRamadan Detox Diet - keep calm and prepare for ramadan

So first let me say that a Detox Diet is meant to achieve a certain goal – flushing your system of built up toxins – and as such it has specific requirements that need to be met in order for it to be effective.  These are:

  1. Eliminating foods that can unbalance your gut – these include highly processed and refined foods (this includes white flour and rice) as well as caffeine
  2. Eliminating foods that can aggravate a system that is out of sorts like milk and foods that contain yeast or moulds like leavened breads and cheese
  3. Reducing your intake of foods that acidify the body like fried foods and meats
  4. Consuming more foods that are alkaline in nature like veggies, whole grains and fruits
  5. As well as adding foods that can introduce healthy bacteria back into the gut like yogurt, kefir and miso

As you can see following a Detox Diet requires a lot of discipline but luckily it’s only meant to be followed for a short period of time (well I guess that’s relative – is 4 weeks short for you?) which is exactly why Ramadan is the perfect time to tackle it!

Sahur

The goal of this meal is to provide slow burning fuel for the next 15 or so hours. So I usually try and include the following:

  • 1 serving of whole grains (1/2 cup oatmeal OR 1 whole wheat chapatti)
  • 1 serving of fermented yogurt (1 cup laban OR 1 cup kefir)
  • 1 serving of protein (3/4 cup foul OR 1 organic eggs)
  • 1 serving of fruit or veggies (1 banana OR 1 cup salad)

Iftaar

OK I know I know you’ll be ready to eat a horse by the time iftaar rolls around – but this is the time to focus on that mental discipline… Keep in mind that after such a long fast eating a large meal will send your blood sugar levels sky rocketing so keep this meal light but hydrating:

  • start with 1-3 dates
  • have a glass of warm water with fresh lemon squeezed into it
  • finish it off with 1 cup of broth based vegetable soup

Dinner

Wait @least 30 min or ideally 1 hour after iftaar to have dinner. And keep in mind that because the goal is to detox, the focus should be on eating more alkaline foods:

  • 1 serving protein (75g baked fish, chicken or meat)
  • 2 servings whole grains (1 cup brown rice OR 1 cup whole-wheat pasta)
  • 1 serving fruit and veggies (½ cup cooked veggies OR 1 cup green salad)

Midnight Snack

Yep you heard that correctly :) but when I say midnight snack I mean a healthy one and it doesn’t actually have to be at midnight… I usually consider this my post-tarawee snack:

  • 1 serving vegetable protein (¾ cup lentil soup OR ¾ cup hummus)
  • 1 serving fruit and veggies (½ cup fruit salad OR 1 cup veggie sticks)

Keep in Mind

DON’T FORGET to stay hydrated! Make sure to drink @least 2L of water and/or green teas through out the night.

To make it easier, I’ve made it so you can download this plan here if you want to print it out and stick on your fridge. Now I’m a girl and don’t need as many calories as the average boy would so I’ve made modifications for any boys wanting to follow along on the printable menu.

BTW I’m offering a FREE 4 Week Detox Program this month if you want to really get into it with me! It’s something I would normally charge $199 or AED 750 for and my way of saying thank you for all the support and love you’ve shown me over the years <3 You’ll get weekly updates along with recipes, tips and exercises so you can get the full benefit of a Ramadan Detox.

RAMADAN KAREEM EVERYONE!!

*So how do you join the FREE 4 Week Program? If you are already subscribed to my mailing list you don’t have to do anything! If not simply sign up and as a bonus you’ll also get my 5 Key Strategies for Losing Weight & Keeping It Off. I can’t wait for us to get started!